Actor Gerard Butler Survives Two-Wave Hold Down While Filming For Jay Moriarty Movie At Mavericks
According to espn.com and a few other sources, Scottish actor Gerard Butler (you know, the dude with the 12-pack in 300) suffered a two-wave hold down Sunday at Mavericks. They were filming for the upcoming movie on Jay Moriarty, in which Butler is starring. Apparently the surf was 10-12 feet, with some bigger sets swinging through, when an ever bigger set reared up and caught a bunch of people inside, including Butler and a few Mav's regulars like Pete Mel and Zach Wormhoudt, who were assisting in the shoot. Butler was said to have been held under for two waves, and then came up to face four or five more on the head before being washed inside where he was picked up a jetski, and then taken to Stanford Medical Center for observation. He's expected to be okay.
We're not sure what Butler's proficiency level is as a surfer, but judging by a few web clips of him taking surfing lessons to gear up for the film, putting him in the novice category would seem generous—which makes you wonder what he was doing in the line up at one of the most dangerous breaks in the world.
It's extremely heavy considering that nearly a year ago surfer Jacob Trette suffered a two-wave hold down at Mav's that put him into a coma (though he went on to make a miraculous recovery) on a day that was not much bigger than Sunday. And of course, on a much bigger day last March, Mavericks claimed the life of Hawaiian charger Sion Milosky.—Casey Koteen